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The Decameron


Published March 15, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by J. M. Rigg.

The Decameron (subtitle: Prencipe Galeotto) is a collection of 100 novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1353. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Many notable writers such as Shakespeare and Chaucer are said to have borrowed from The Decameron. (from Wikipedia)

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Reviewer: Brigit - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2013
Subject: Wonderful
Great tales. Ruth Golding and Andy Minter especially did a wonderful job reading and bringing Boccaccio's stories to life.

As always, I'm not a fan of readers who have a thick non-native accent (sorry) as I find it hard to get used to their particular inflections and thus hard to focus.
Reviewer: Timothy Ferguson - - May 4, 2012
Subject: Better in smaller sections than listening as a single work, I feel.
Without commenting on the readers as other reviewers have done, I'd like to suggest that I may have spoiled the book for myself by listening to The Decameron as a single run through, rather than accepting it is a great monolithic doorstopper and say, listened to something else after every day or second day.
Reviewer: sweeterswish2 - - April 17, 2010
Subject: excellent stories, lackluster performance
I realize that this is a labor of love, but many of these short stories are unlistenable due to the reader's inability to perform the material. Day 1 the 7th story is read by some fellow who inflects at least 3 or for question marks into each sentence that reads. There is no way for me to follow the story, because of stilted and unnatural delivery.

Again, I commend him for taking the time, but the editors of this archive should exert some level of quality control. It is as though someone were in the process of xeroxing a page from this book haphazardly, allowing the book to scoot across the photoglass while being copied; smearing all the words of the story on the copied page to illegibility.

What good is that?
Reviewer: Kevint60 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2009
Subject: Wonderful, funny, amazing stories
Have not listened yet (dling now), but read this delightful book some years ago. The stories are amazingly contemporary, or love, lust, greed and intrigue have not changed at all in hundreds of years. Great book.
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